Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management (Master)

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The master's programme in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management aims at educating qualified experts in conservation biology working in public administration, nature reserve management (both on a national and international level), test procedures (e.g. nature impact assessments according to EU directives), and eco-friendly planning and consulting. Graduates of this master's programme are experts in managing biological diversity in a national, European and international context, taking a problem-oriented approach. They are familiar with the relevant protected natural resources (from species to habitats and landscape), which are either specifically defined by national or international law, or are generally endangered.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 879

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The degree programme consists of the compulsory modules Conservation Biology; Conservation: Cultural, Social, Economic Perspectives; Conservation Laws and Conventions; Conservation Training; and Ecological Restauration, and the group of compulsory modules Special Knowledge of Protected Species, Habitats and Landscapes. In addition, students have to complete the group of elective modules Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management, requiring students to choose three modules out of the following: Management of Protected Sites; Conservation Policy; Ex-Situ Conservation; Spatial Analysis and Presentation Techniques; Conservation Related Methodologies of Social, Cultural and Economic Sciences; and Bioindication. Students also have to complete the module Additional Scientific Skills for Biologists, write a master's thesis and pass a public defence.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Restoration
  • Diversity
  • Ecology
  • Ex-situ conservation
  • Bioindication

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • public administration (state and federal offices, ministries), and ecological consulting for various corporate bodies, communities and associations
  • supervision, monitoring and management of protected areas (protected areas according to federal state laws and EU NATURA 2000 sites, as well as international protected areas, such as national parks, biosphere reserves, Ramsar sites, and World Natural Heritage sites)
  • supervision and implementation of wildlife conservation programmes, as well as population monitoring of endangered species (especially priority species according to the Habitats Directive)
  • management of ecological development programmes, strategic EIAs, transnational environmental planning
  • research sector (higher education institutions, departments, universities of applied science, and other teaching and research institutions related to ecology and environmental topics)
  • NGOs as competent “campaigners”, consultants and heads of working groups or institutions
  • consulting in and of companies in the private sector (planning offices, scientific research institutions)
  • national, European and international institutions and organisations (European Environment Agency, IUCN, UNEP, UNESCO)
  • agriculture and forestry, working on questions relating to conservation biology and biodiversity.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates